Like everything else, the price of electricity is climbing at an unbelievable pace. Well, you can’t really blame the electric company for that since the world is still limited to fossil fuels that will soon run out and because with all the new tech coming out, the electricity consumptions has gone higher for an average household. Computers, air conditioning, electric ranges and stoves, all these appliances commonly found in an average household has increased the demand of power thus, making the fuel running it scarce and the costs driven sky high. This, coupled with the economic instability felt by almost everyone in the world today, you may soon learn that your income is not enough in relation to what you spend on electricity. Fortunately, this is a problem that has a solution. All you have to do is cut on electricity consumption in order to cut on electricity costs. Here are some ways to do it.
- Go green. Alright, the first and foremost practical tip that you should already be doing at this moment is going green. This means that you should do anything and everything to save on power consumption. One way is to replace all your existing light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs, those that won’t consume too much power. For instance, instead of those warm yellow lights, you might want to go with fluorescent bulbs instead which typically consume less power. The same goes with appliances. For instance, your refrigeration, which is traditionally powered on 24/7. It would be wise move to spend a little more purchasing one that has the best energy efficiency rating rather than buying a cheaper model, which may be a power hungry monster later on.
- Turn it off. Aside from choosing energy efficient appliances, you can actually cut costs on power by simply being practical and turning off lights and appliances when not in use. For instance, shut off the TV when you are not watching. Turn off the lights before you sleep. Power off the water heater when not in use. All these small but practical ways can save you a lot of dough when you add them up.
- Be a little bit more practical. The dryer, the air conditioner, the water heater, the microwave oven, the electric stove, and the dish washer are all power hungry monsters. You can actually save more money by having the presence of mind to replace convenience with savings. The dryer, used to dry laundry, can be replaced by simply hanging your wet clothes on wires with clothespin and having them dry naturally. Instead of using the air conditioner, consider opening the windows and doors to let the breeze inside. If this does not do the trick, then opt for a less power hungry alternative like an electric fan. The water heater should only be turned on when you need hot water. Instead of heating food in the microwave oven, cook it on a gas stove. Use a gas stove instead of an electric stove. Finally, instead of using the dishwasher, hand-wash and dry the dishes yourself. All these practical and simple tips can greatly reduce your homes power consumption equating it to a lower electric bill every month.
You can do a lot more things like use surge protectors for your
appliances, use solar panels to generate natural electricity, or use
those promoted products promising more efficient energy consumption for
your appliances. Well, all these can probably deliver great cost cutting
advantages but by merely being practical, you can already achieve the
cost cuts you want with regard to your next electric bill.